Peacefully at Riverview Gardens, Chatham on Thursday, October 19, 2023, Elsie Mills formerly of Glencoe passed away in her 102nd year. Predeceased by her husband Jack “Eddie” Mills (1992) after 49 years of marriage. Dear mother of Ian Mills (Susan), late Betty Hutchinson (late Glen), Jacqui Grant (Marvin) and James Mills (Helen). Loved by her grandchildren Andrew (Anne), Cathryn (Todd), Debra (late Joe), Lisa (Jim), John (Pauline), late Todd (Tina), Tammy (Trish), late Tracie (Tim), Jamie (Nicole) and Nicholas and by 11 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. There are so many that claimed her as a surrogate mom, grandmom and great grandmom. Predeceased by her 9 siblings.
How does one put into a few words a life well lived for 101 years. She was the daughter of a British Admiralty Architect and loving mother, one of 10 siblings, wife of a Canadian soldier during WW2. She came to Canada aboard ship with one baby and another on the way and became a proud Canadian citizen. Another baby was born shortly and after a period of time, a forth. Mom became a dental nurse during the war in England, but throughout her life wore many hats. She was a dental nurse and served in the Women’s Air Corps during the war, Red Cross PSW worker, child care worker for dozens, and baker (and a darn good one). I think people who knew mom will remember her sense of humour and happy, giving spirit most of all. She had an intuitive sense for anyone who needed a shoulder, ear or that extra special hug, or little song to brighten a day. Her stories were plentiful and rich. She especially enjoyed the many years she visited the elementary schools around Glencoe to share what it was like to be in England during wartime. Remembrance Day was one of the most important days of the year to her. She was thrilled that children would listen and ask questions about her experiences and learn that the freedom we all share came at a price and it was sacred.
As she lived she died, with love in her heart, a strong and faithful belief in God and a song for those who needed one, and when she could sing no more I sang to her as she passed. Later mom, your job is done and done well. You are loved. Put up your ‘feets’ and rest. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Anglican Church, Glencoe or the “Poppy Fund”.